TURN DOWN THE NOISE

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By Rev Paul N. Papas II

February 27 2012

TURN DOWN THE NOISE

The following could apply to any player in any sport with a full and involved crowd: I can’t hear myself think has often been said by someone trying to focus through all the noise around him. This one often applies: “Your actions are speaking so loudly that I can’t hear a word you are saying”

Pick a sport with some very high priced players. Add few rules and little if any oversight of the players. Throw in maximum media coverage of your sport. Now allow the players to say anything they want about themselves and their opponents in a manner timed for maximum damage to their opponents without care.

This presidential primary season has been a better sport than we generally see and hear on the airwaves. We have heard a lot about the faith of the presidential candidates as they jostle through the primaries. If the candidate wins primary by spreading lies and have truths about his opponents how are we to believe he is the better candidate? The sport of elections should be more about the candidate presenting his or her positive message and pointing out the differences between candidates. If the candidate professes a belief in God and God is truth and the candidate’s actions are speaking so loudly spewing lies and half truths about his opponents, then for me I can’t hear a word the candidate is saying. That candidate does not deserve an opportunity to serve in the highest office in the land. If the candidate can’t make it on his own merit, then he should be sent home. Sometimes God would offer wonderful promises, and sometimes He would deliver hard truths. God didn’t always tell people what they wanted to hear, but He never failed to say what they needed to hear. Show me by your actions that you have a faith in God don’t try to convince by your many words how righteous you are, then I will trust you with my vote.

Abraham Lincoln failed in various attempts at running for office before winning the presidency. President Lincoln is considered by many to be one of our greatest presidents. President Lincoln, or honest Abe, as he was known had many good traits. He not might fit well in today’s society. Sometimes he would offer wonderful promises, and sometimes he would deliver hard truths. He didn’t always tell people what they wanted to hear he did say what they needed to hear.

President Lincoln was also attacked by opponents, however not in the manner used by a couple of current presidential hopefuls. President Lincoln preferred to squarely address his opponents and present his views in such a manner that people might be swayed to his thinking. He did not demean them because they did not agree with him.

President Lincoln had times of self doubt and was known to suffer from the medical condition of a mental illness of depression. As a matter of fact he wrote about it years before he considered running for president. President Lincoln did not blame others and overcame many hard times to make many tough decisions in running this country in one of our toughest periods.

The stigma of a medical condition of a mental illness of depression can be devastating to many. Some would use their insecurities as an excuse to bully others. Many people with a medical condition of a mental illness manage to thrive and do well in life.

People choose what sport in which they choose to participate. I generally prefer to watch the actions of the player to see if they match their hype before believing them. It is immaterial to me whether they have or had a medical condition of a mental illness as long as their actions match their hype.

Yes, you have a choice in how you are going to deal with the hand you are dealt. Your choice will affect your outlook on life and how well you do.

Don’t listen to the noise, focus on what is important and the real values will shine like a spotlight in a pitch dark night.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries ( MA + AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

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